Sunday, July 14, 2013

Not Guilty!

I tell myself to remember that George Zimmerman was not found innocent; rather, he was found not guilty. The prosecution was unable to prove guilt, leaving the jury no choice!
by Charlie Leck

“George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, igniting a national debate on racial profiling and civil rights, was found not guilty late Saturday night of second-degree murder. He was also acquitted of manslaughter, a lesser charge.” [New York Times, 14 July 2013… there is some extraordinary photography at the NY Times site to which I’ve linked!]

The prosecution was unable to prove what really happened on that dark night when George Zimmerman followed Trayvon Martin. We, on the other hand, will forever know that the young man would not have lost his life had Zimmerman not profiled and followed him.

I initially thought the prosecution team made a very poor effort. I’ve come to understand that it was difficult to prove what happened out there in the dark. It is something that only George Zimmerman really knows. I will forever know this, however: the dumb son-of-a-bitch should not have followed the kid; rather he should have done as he was told by the police (that is, to stay away, not follow and wait for the police to arrive).

I am depressed about this verdict, but I saw it coming and it may have been correct. Think about this! What was wrong with the image of that defense attorney sitting over a light-weight dummy, pounding the back of his head into the floor again and again with such ease? I’ll tell you what: George Zimmerman is a big, heavyweight and not a light-as-air little dummy. The prosecution should have pointed that out and made the jury wonder about how difficult that would have been with Mr. Zimmerman himself.

It seems so wrong that Trayvon Martin should have lost his life at the hands of this strange, phobic man.


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